John Gruber on the anticipated letdown reaction from some following tomorrow’s new iPad announcements:
But if a faster processor, more RAM, a double-the-resolution retina display, a better camera, and maybe even LTE networking make for a “modest” update, then what would it take for the iPad 3 to be deemed an immodest update? A fusion energy source? Teleportation? A camera that sees into the future?
Nothing has actually been announced yet and it’s already starting. I’ve actually heard this letdown sentiment several times today. Again, from people who haven’t actually seen the product yet and actually don’t even know for sure what’s coming.
I mean seriously, if all of the rumored new features are true, this is going to be a major upgrade. And the actual sales figures will reflect that, even if some of the stories tomorrow don’t.
Many folks seem oddly tied to form factor when it comes to upgrades. The iPhone 4S was a “disappointment” to some because it looked like the iPhone 4. I suspect the new iPad will get the some of the same reaction since it will look like the previous iPad.
My prediction: those left underwhelmed will have one thing in common. They’ll be idiots.
Also, the AP story Gruber links to happens to have the most dickishly intrusive ads ever.
AMEN brother! For crying out loud. What in the world do they want this new iPad to do? Maybe they are expecting a similar bump that the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S had. Personally, I thought the iPad to iPad 2 was “that” bump.